Sept. 5, 2009

CHAPEL HILL, N.C. - Junior midfielder Michael Farfan tallied the equalizer in the 61st minute, and No. 1 North Carolina threatened throughout regulation and both overtime periods but could not find the go-ahead goal in a 1-1 draw with Northern Illinois Friday in the Carolina Nike Classic at Fetzer Field. Evansville opened the day's action with a 3-0 win over UNC Greensboro behind two goals from Tad Kreamalmeyer in the first game of the day.

Jordan Godsey made six stops in net, and Tim King put the Huskies (0-1-1) on the board with a 21st-minute goal. Brooks Haggerty made two stops for the Tar Heels (1-0-1), as both keepers went the full 110 minutes.

With Carolina down a goal thanks to King's strike at 20:39, Farfan and the Tar Heels broke through to knot the score at one at 60:16 when the Cal State Fullerton transfer dinked a shot off the right post from the 18. Kirk Urso started the scoring chance with a corner kick into the box that deflected off an NIU defender and found Farfan just outside the left side of the box for his first goal as a Tar Heel.

After tying the game, the Tar Heels turned up the offensive intensity, posting seven shots in the second period and nine over the two 10-houghtaling@niu.eduminute overtime periods. Carolina had several quality scoring chances, including an Eddie Ababio shot that was blocked in the 85th minute when he corralled a loose ball after Cameron Brown was tackled in the box.

Brown set up another opportunity early in the first overtime when he made a run up the left side and found Urso in the box. He put a shot on frame but was turned away by Godsey. Farfan then sent a shot on an open net over the crossbar in the 99th minute, and Urso followed with a header on a cross from Brown that Godsey saved to end the first overtime period.

Carolina took six shots in the second overtime. Enzo Martinez nearly had his second goal of the week when he turned and fired just wide in the 106th minute. Brown put a header on frame, and Jordan Graye sent a header off the cross bar on the Tar Heels' final quality chance of the night.

UNC wrapped up the match with a 21-9 edge on the shot chart.

Quality chances were few and far between in the first half, as the teams combined for just eight shots. Carolina held the Huskies to just three shots, but NIU converted its first chance of the night to grab the lead when King scored off a deflection midway through the first half. A Finn Jor pass in the box rebounded off a Carolina defender, and King was there to deposit a strike from 10 yards into the lower right side of the net for a 1-0 lead.

Just before grabbing the lead, NIU prevented a Tar Heel goal in the 19th minute when Brown chipped the ball over the keeper, but a Husky defender was there to pick up the team save and keep UNC off the board. Carolina also nearly found the back of the net in the final moments before intermission when Martinez sent a blast off the crossbar after Graye sent a well-placed ball into the box.

The tourney continues Sunday with UNC Greensboro and Northern Illinois at 1 p.m. with the Tar Heels and Purple Aces closing the event at 3:30 p.m.